Fundraiser Of The Year - Samuel Jennings
A 12-year-old Bude Boy has been recognised for his outstanding fundraising achievements at Pirate FM’s Local Heroes awards in association with Truro and Penwith College, held at the Tregenna Castle Resort in St Ives on Friday Night.
Samuel Jennings was presented with the award, sponsored by LoveCornwall.com
Samuel took up cycling after watching the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome when he was just two years old.
At age eleven, he cycled from his home town to Land’s End to raise money for the Seapool. But you could call that a training run because after turning twelve, Samuel completed John O’Groats to Land’s End.
He raised a staggering nineteen thousand pounds for three charities by canvassing local businesses after school.
Samuel Jennings’s Nomination from Paul Jennings
Samuel cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End at the age of 12.He raised over £19,000 shared between 3 charities, Childrens Hospice SW, Muscular atrophy Support UK and Bude Sea Pool.
Inspired to take up cycling just 2 years ago by the successes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome he decided he wanted to cycle the famous JOGLE route.
He at the age of 11 completed a straight 92 mile ride from Bude to Lands End raising over £1,600 for Bude Seapool. he continued to train through the winter of 2013/2014 in preparation.
After school Samuel would go to local businesses for support. He managed to get 139 businesses to support him. He worked tirelessly training and canvassing for donations.
The ride was over 1000 miles which he completed over 3 weeks cycling up to 75 miles a day in all weathers and not once complaining. An amazing achievement for someone so young showing amazing courage and desire.
Samuel is a quiet, humble and very thoughtful boy who has inspired the local community. He has never seeked any adulation but goes about like it was anatural thing to do an incredible young boy.